This Week in Racing History
Michael J. Stucker

September 1
Leslie Parkhurst rides a Harley-Davidson to victory in the 200 mile motorcycle race at Marion, Indiana, USA (1919).

September 2
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits wins the Top Fuel title at the NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Bill Schultz is Top Gas winner and Arlen Vanke is the Super Stock Eliminator victor (1968).

September 3
Brian Redman wins the F5000 race at Pocono, Pennsylvania, USA, in a Lola T330. Jody SchecKter finishes third and clinches the SCCA/USAC F5000 title (1973).

September 4
Earl Cooper beats his Stutz teammate Gil Anderson by .25 seconds in winning the 500 mile race at Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (1915).

September 5
Jochen Rindt dies in a crash during practice for the Italian Grand Prix, at Monza, Italy. He would become the first and only posthumas World Champion (1970).

September 6
Philippe Etancelin and two spectators die when his Alfa Romeo crashes during a race at Monza, Italy (1931).

September 7
Jimmy Vasser wins the CART Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey, California, USA, and teammate Alex Zanardi wins his first CART driving championship (1997).